One thing that I look forward to every time I visit New York City is the inspiration that I find in many of the boutiques and restaurants throughout the city. While I am truly a country girl at heart, I enjoy brief forays into the city for a triple dose of culture, cuisine, and of course shopping! I’m heading to the Big Apple next week for a very quick visit with the wonderful folks at HomeTalk. They are graciously flying me and a handful of other lucky bloggers up to their headquarters to brainstorm and get creative with all things HomeTalk. But, before all that fun begins, I will have one day all to myself in New York City and I am making a list of shops and restaurants that I can’t miss. I thought it would be fun to share these spots with you. Join me as I plan my visit and map out my 8 Must See Shops & Eats in New York City for Creative Women! You might be surprised by what’s on here – hint: there are no “typical tourist hot spots!”
I will land early in the morning so I’m planning to make Chelsea Market my first stop. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to this gastronomic haven and I hear it’s only gotten better. Imagine an indoor mall that is mostly food specialty shops. Some stalls open early so I plan to have a wander through the halls and see what’s cooking! Supposedly there is also now an Artisans market, color me intrigued!! In case you didn’t know, this is also the home of Food Network studios, You Tube and other fun folks!! I’ve been in there before and seen them filming shows which adds a bit of stardust tv magic to the visit!
image source Tinsel Trading
Next I will head up town from Chelsea to one of my most favorite shops in ALL the world – Tinsel Trading Company!!!! It is a magical emporium of everything sparkly, gorgeous, and magical with a vintage vibe. The Old World European-styled shop stocks unique ribbons, threads, and tassels, along with a myriad of other materials for crafting and embellishing gifts. I will probably need a 2nd suitcase to contain all the treasures I plan to load up on from here!! It is a true treasure trove and I highly recommend you visit if you are ever in the city!
I’ll begin to make my way back downtown with a stop in to M&J Trimming. Another shop filled from floor to ceiling with ribbons, trims, and embellishments a plenty! You can order many items from them online but I never pass up a chance to walk through the aisles and just soak it all in! If it exists as a ribbon or trim, it’s in here!
I plan to stop in to Balthazar in Soho for lunch. This popular French restaurant has all the allure of a real Parisian bistro and bakery without the bother of flying across the ocean! Reservations are strongly encouraged and can easily be made online on their website. If you are going on a weekend be prepared for looooong waits. Since I’ll be there on a weekday with a reservation I’m hoping I can pop in and out fairly easily – I’ll report back on that!
After lunch I plan to visit ABC Carpet & Home to walk off some of the calories, as well as dive head first into the pinnacle of home decor and design. This 350,000 square foot mecca is brimming with one-of-a-kind items which means that there is always something new and inspiring to behold. While the prices are exceedingly far out of my budget range I love beholding all the creativity and gleaning new ideas to bring home and modify to fit my style and pocket book.
I hope to stop in to the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. Needle arts of all kinds are favorites of mine. Even though I don’t dedicate nearly the kind of time I’d like to to these pursuits, I still love adding a lovely skein or two to my collection and look forward to seeing what they are showcasing. This brand is iconic in the industry and I’m excited to peek into their workshop!
Purl Soho is a very modern knitting & fabric shop. Their designs are clean and chic. I have been here before and always feel inspired and anxious to create when I leave. They also sell fabrics and I wouldn’t be surprised if a yard or two come home with me. 🙂
I’m definitely saving the BEST for last! My final stop will be the incomparable LaDuree in Soho. If you’ve seen my laundry room before & after makeover at the townhouse then you know this famed French patisserie is a must-see for me, and a perfect ending to an inspiring yet exhausting day in the city! Not only is this location a boutique to buy the world-renowned delicacies but it is also a tea house and restaurant filled with lots of French antiques. I can’t wait!!
I used the wonderful “My Map” tool from MapQuest to plan my stops. In case you might like to use this tool yourself one day, here’s how I made mine. First, create a map and name it whatever you want. Then use the “Find Places” tab to find spots you want to visit. When you find it, click “add to map”. This was so helpful for figuring out where to go when. I’ll be going up and down a little bit due to timing but overall it was very helpful to come up with a strategy. Here’s an overview of my plan:
After all of this I will assuredly head back to my hotel and flop down on the bed to rest up for the next day of fun with HomeTalk. I will plan to share on my Instagram page throughout the day. I hope you’ll virtually join me for this fun “girls day out” in the city!